The last remaining wooden whaleship in the world is on its way to Martha’s Vineyard, and – WOW – it is a sight to be seen! Among motor boats and modern ships, the Charles W. Morgan is currently embarked on its 38th voyage, and will land in Vineyard Haven harbor the week of June 16th. It’s a time on Martha’s Vineyard that you won’t want to miss. You will literally be able to witness a part of history. And it very well could be the last chance to do so.
The vessel dates back to 1841, and hasn’t set sail in nearly a century — making this voyage quite possibly her last one.
The role of whaling in American history, and on Martha’s Vineyard specifically, is a fascinating one. While we'd never glamorize modern day whaling, the arrival of the Morgan reminds us that, before kerosene, whale oil powered the world and fueled the Industrial Revolution. The Morgan holds a glorious place in our history, and what better way to take a step back to the whaling days of our Island than by stepping aboard the Charles W. Morgan while she’s in our own waters?
Amazingly, the ship is the only vessel left to tell the story. The Charles W. Morgan once belonged to a fleet of 2,700 whaleships, and was well-revered for her “luck.” While other vessels of the time and over the years were destroyed by confederate raiders, storms, and dangers of the sea, the Charles W. Morgan sailed safely and profitably, bringing home more than 54,000 barrels of oil as part of an American industry that lasted more than 250 years.
Charles W. Morgan at Round Hill, c. September 1938, Courtesy of Martha's Vineyard Museum
Chances like this don’t come around often, and might never again. The opportunity to witness and be part of (actually step onto) a piece of history, is thrilling beyond measure. Consider this an open invitation to all to come and experience history in the making.
Visitors are invited to a land exhibition at Tisbury Wharf and are welcome to walk onto the ship from June 21 – 24.
To book your hotel accommodations, visit our “Stay Here” page, and for all your travel needs, visit MVY.com.
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If you’re a foodie like me, you know this is the most wonderful time of year on the Island of Martha’s Vineyard. Why, you ask? Because Restaurant Week kicks off this coming Sunday, June 15 — and my life becomes a fantastic food frenzy for the 5 days following.
Martha’s Vineyard has some of the freshest and most amazing food anywhere on the planet (It’s no wonder that we’re one of only six places in the world that hosts the Local Wild Food Challenge). And Martha’s Vineyard Restaurant Week was made for food-lovers.
Now in its 6th year, Martha’s Vineyard Restaurant Week offers culinary adventurers and everyday diners the chance to experience the bounty of the Island — at a fraction of the price it might otherwise cost. Special price-fixed menus let your taste buds explode without blowing up your wallet.
This year’s participating restaurants include award-winning and well-loved taverns, eateries, inns, luncheons, grills, and cafes. Dinners won’t run over $50 for a 3- or 4-course meal. Plus, there are breakfast and lunch options this year too, which means foodies can quite literally eat their way around the Island for 5 full days.
Come enjoy the freshest seafood right out of our waters. Indulge yourself with pasture-raised, and small-farmed meals. But make your reservations early! Restaurants will book up fast.
Martha’s Vineyard Restaurant Week runs Sunday, June 15 through Thursday, June 19, 2014. For more information, like Martha’s Vineyard Restaurant Week on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter @MVEats.
See you on the Vineyard!
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